Areas of expertise: nanotechnology, materials science,
chemistry of materials, aerosol science
Mark Swihart, PhD, is a professor of chemical and biological engineering. He leads a research program that centers on the production and application of nanoparticles. His team uses chemical engineering to develop, understand and improve the processes for creating nanomaterials.
With colleagues, Swihart has explored applications for nanomaterials in areas ranging from biological imaging to solar cells and screen displays.
For example, he was part of a team that used nanoparticles made from silicon, an abundant and biocompatible material, to target and image tumors in mice. The work is believed to be the first demonstration of such technology in vivo in the animals. In the realm of alternative energy, Swihart co-led a study that mixed super-small particles of silicon with water to produce hydrogen almost instantaneously.
Mark T. Swihart, PhD
Executive Director of UB's New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics
UB Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
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